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Student to Lawyer, Stuck in the Middle: Here’s looking at you, kid.

It is crazy for me to think that this is my last Ms. JD Writer’s in Residence post. I remember sitting in the law library last year studying for finals when I got the email telling me I had been selected as a writer. I made a noise that probably made the people sitting around me think I had finally cracked under the pressure of my last law school exams. I collected myself and explained that I was being giving an opportunity to voice my opinions and ideas, and hopefully do some good. When I sat down and outlined the…

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Student to Lawyer, Stuck in the Middle: Finding a Job - Going Solo

Following the theme of "finding a job" I decided to talk this month about creating your own job by opening a law firm out of law school. As someone who hasn’t done this I figured the best way to learn about it was to talk to someone who had. Sarah Ostahowski is an attorney in Shepherd, Michigan who focuses on estate planning, probate and estate administration. She started her own firm just months after graduating law school and passing the bar exam. She has built a successful firm in a small community and answered some of my questions about going solo.…

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Student to Lawyer, Stuck in the Middle: Finding a (non-traditional legal) Job – Part 4

At some point in your job search you may start to get a little desperate. This point can come because student loans come due, relatives keep asking if you have a job, or your significant other “thought you would have a job by now.” You may start to think about jobs that don’t require a J.D. or bar passage (i.e. non-traditional legal jobs). There are a lot of jobs out there that include legal aspects but you don’t need Esq. after your name to qualify. These jobs are great for many reasons. They can be great stepping stones to a…

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Student to Lawyer, Stuck in the Middle: Finding a Job (or not?) – Part 3

It has been nine months since I gradated law school, seven months since I took the bar exam, four months since I got my results, and three months since I officially became an attorney. I am still unemployed and not alone. According to the ABA, ten months after graduation only 62.4% of the class of 2015 were employed in a position that required bar passage. A more optimistic way to look at the numbers is only 9.7% of the 2015 graduates were unemployed and seeking employment ten months after graduation. That means 27.9% of graduates were employed but not in positions…

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Student to Lawyer, Stuck in the Middle: Finding a Job – Part 2

First off let me say congrats to everyone who took the bar exam in July! I know how wonderful and terrifying it is to be done. If you want to see exactly how I was feeling and get some tips on post bar wind down here is my article. This month I am continuing the theme of “finding a job.” I am fortunate to have a really amazing Career Services office at my law school. Because of this I decided to pick the brains of the Michigan State University College of Law Career Service Advisors to get more advice for new…

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Student to Lawyer, Stuck in the Middle: Finding a Job – Part 1

One of the biggest issues most law school graduates and bar studiers encounter is finding a job after law school. For some graduates you already have your job lined up and that is awesome! For those of you who don’t have a job yet it can be a stressful time. As the title of this blog might suggest I am hoping to get multiple posts out of the topic of “job search.” In a perfect world this will include general tips from yours truly, tips from a career advisor at a law school, and tips from attorneys who hire for…

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Student to Lawyer, Stuck in the Middle: Bar Results

I passed the bar exam!!!!!!! Weight = lifted off my shoulders. Now I feel better about all the advice I have been giving over the last 5 months. The natural question that I asked myself when I received my results was, what do I do next? My experience is with Michigan but after looking around the internet it looks like there are similarities between states (I suppose I should put a disclaimer that this is in no way comprehensive and it is skewed towards Michigan since that is where I am being admitted). The most important thing to know after getting…

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Student to Lawyer, Stuck in the Middle: Graduation

I was really hoping to be able to tell everyone whether or not I passed the bar exam but alas Michigan still has not released their results. With my luck they will be released the day after I publish this blog and then I will have to wait a whole month. On a much happier note it is graduation season! I remember how excited I was to be done with law school and starting a new adventure. Since all of the May graduates are now approaching where I started blogging in January feel free to go back to my blog…

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Student to Lawyer, Stuck in the Middle: Limbo

When I got the email that I would be a Writer in Residence for Ms. JD, I was extremely excited. I immediately started planning out what I wanted to write about. I planned what I was writing each month around what I was going through (i.e. studying for the bar, working, etc.). This month will be the first month I veer off my set path and write about something I wasn’t planning to write about. This month I will be writing about the time between the bar exam and getting your results, which my friends and I have affectionately started…

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Student to Lawyer, Stuck in the Middle: The Bar Exam

I am DONE with the bar exam (assuming I passed and don’t have to take it again in July, but for the sake of optimism I am trying not to think that way). The bar exam is stressful. I know that many of you probably just rolled your eyes and said to yourself “thanks captain obvious,” but sometimes I think it’s good to state the obvious. Assuming something is stressful and fully admitting to yourself that what you are about to do is extremely stressful are two different things. If you admit to yourself that the bar exam is stressful…

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